Alhamdulillah, SeekersWorks is proud to announce that the FeedMe 2012 Hunger Campaign was a huge success. With the help of Allah, the Most Gracious, we managed to collect over $12,200 (and counting!) to donate to The Mississauga Food Bank.
With your help The Mississauga Food Bank will be able to distribute more than $90,000 worth of food by the funds everyone has worked so hard to collect. What does this mean? It means the food bank will have enough food, inshaAllah, to sustain them for the rest of the summer and feed families that are silently struggling to make ends meet. Summer time is the worst time for many food banks as most of their donations come through during the festive holidays while the shelves go empty during the summer season.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs_jnyryEcA&feature=player_embedded Click the link to hear what Shaykh Yahya Rhodus said about the FeedMe 2012 Campaign
We all took part in fasting during the blessed month of Ramadan this year, and we know how unforgiving the long summer days can be, but we still managed to get through the day and break fast with our families. The reality of the matter is that our immediate neighbours might be the ones frequenting food banks, and they might be the ones not able to provide for themselves and their children. Unfortunately this is not an issue that can be solved by a one-time hunger campaign. SeekersWorks will continue with the FeedMe 2012 Hunger Campaign to raise awareness on poverty and food insecurity issues which remain unsolved within our communities. SeekersWorks recognizes the responsibility Muslims have towards their neighbours, as well as speaking up against all injustices taking place within the community. Through this success, and inshaAllah future successes, SeekersWorks aims to show the community that as Muslims we are here to be in service to them without discrimination. The goal is to act upon the knowledge we are given and inspire others to do the same while following the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), as he (SAW) is the best example to follow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDBHGWLx0uE&feature=player_embedded Click the link to see what Imam Zaid Shakir had to say about the FeedME 2012 Campaign
SeekersWorks has set a goal that seemed too high to reach to many, but when the Muslim community answered the call, we not only reached our goal but went above and beyond the set amount. This just shows that as an Ummah, united, the possibilities are endless.
SeekersWorks would like to extend a thank you to everyone who made this possible:
Anyone who pledged or donated, none of this would have been possible without your efforts and generosity.
SeekersHub (Toronto), SeekersHub (Sydney), The Ansaar Project, SeekersGuidance, Mathabah Foundation, TorontoMuslims.com, and DawaNet, thank you for your continuous support.
An extra special thank you to Imam Zaid Shakir, Sidi Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Imam Afroz Ali and Dr. Bano Murtuja for all your guidance, support, advice, assistance, videos, shout-outs, etc.
To the entire SeekersWorks team – Huma Durrani, Lina Rahman, Hassan Jafri, and everyone at SeekersHub Toronto that helped with this campaign.
Thank you to Umar Shazad for the excellent graphic design work and Hassan Jafri for the video skills.
A special thank you to David Alexanderson for his exceptional support and efforts through out the campaign.
Last but not least, on behalf of all the volunteers, SeekersWorks would like to give an extra special thank you to the Director of SeekersWorks, Nader Khan, for taking initiative to start a great cause and allow us the opportunity to “Do Something” of immense value and be a part of such a great cause.
It was narrated by Abdallah ibn Amr, A man asked the Prophet , “What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” The Prophet replied, ‘To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know’” (Sahih Bukhari)
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said “A man said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which kind of charity is best? He said: ‘Giving charity when you are in good health, and feeling stingy, hoping for a long life, and fearing poverty.’” (Sahih)
May Allah (SWT) send blessings upon anyone who donated money, time, or effort, to help us reach our goal. Jazzakum Allahu Khairan.
The Mississauga Food Bank website will include a new online volunteer system. This new feature will allow volunteers to schedule and manage their own volunteer service. Whether it is sorting food or helping at special events, volunteers make sure that more food can reach more people throughout the community. The hope is that this new system will better manage valuable volunteer time.
A major goal for the new website is to help the food bank connect with the local community. Seventeen percent of Mississauga residents live in poverty, sixty-one percent of whom are children. Ongoing access to food banks is vital to these residents. The new website features links to a Facebook page, Twitter account and blog. This makes it easier to connect with the food bank at anytime from anywhere.
Information on how to help the food bank is also available on the website. There are always new and exciting ways to donate, fundraise or raise awareness. The website is a great tool to keep people up-to-date on how to help.